smoke tree definition by Webster's New World
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- a small, bushy, Old World tree (Cotinus coggygria) of the cashew family, with filmy, feathery flower clusters resembling smoke
- a tree (Cotinus americanus) of the cashew family, growing in the SW U.S. and having brilliant orange and scarlet coloring in the fall
smoke tree definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Either of two deciduous plants, Cotinus obovatus, a tree of the southern United States, or C. coggygria, a shrub of Eurasia, having plumelike clusters of small yellowish flowers.
Origin: From the resemblance of the flower clusters to puffs of smoke.